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Irish League predictions: Will Linfield retain their title and who provides their biggest threat?

Liam Beckett


 

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Captain Jamie Mulgrew will be Linfield's star man again this season.

Captain Jamie Mulgrew will be Linfield's star man again this season.

Captain Jamie Mulgrew will be Linfield's star man again this season.

Despite playing football in both the Irish League and League of Ireland at the height of the Troubles throughout the 1970s, I can honestly say that I've never known a football season quite like last term.

The coronavirus pandemic shut things down just when the Danske Bank Premiership's title race and relegation battle were beginning to heat up but it won't be long now until we're all back to picking the bones out of the latest action - and, fingers crossed, the 2020-21 campaign can be played to a finish. The campaign ahead is so tough to call because of the sheer amount of quality throughout the League but, listed by last year's finishing positions, here are my predictions for the upcoming season.

Linfield

The champions will automatically start as pre-season favourites to retain the Gibson Cup and they've confirmed that thought by recruiting really well.